Fulham be hosting Chelsea on 2 Oct 2023 at their home ground Craven Cottage Stadium, London City, England. The match is a part of the Premier League and both teams will be hoping to score a win.
Fulham, ranked 11th in the Premier League point table, has won twice in the ongoing season but their losses tell us a different story. The team has failed defensively by conserving 10 goals as of now. With only 5 goals in the league right now, the hosts will be hoping to repeat their January 2023 performance where Fulham scored a win over the Blues by 2-1. The top bookmakers in India have football odds with them.
Chelsea has become a curious case in the Premier League and after Manchester United, they are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Ranked 14th, the Blues are getting closer to the relegation zone with every loss and a draw. With only 1 win in the current season, Mauricio Pochettino needs to pull out some magic trick to revive Chelsea’s future in the league.
Sterling has two goals to his name with one assist in the current season. He also carries a good sense of space with an ability to create a counter-attack.
The betting tip is...
Raheem Sterling to score a goal.
The major worry for Marco Silva will be the inconsistency in the performance of the players and their defence being unable to take charge of the game. They have an effective build-up to the game but the players have a higher rate of losing the ball during the match. Tim Ream needs to step up his game and contribute more in the defensive circle.
He has contributed with 15 pass interceptions in the current season for the team. When it comes to the attack, Harry Wilson and Bobby Reid will be expected to score goals as they both have 16.7% shots on target this season.
An early goal by Carlos Vinicius’ goal in the EFL Cup against Norwich City was the highlight of the previous game and would have definitely boosted the confidence of the forward.
Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic is expected to be part of the match as he has recovered from his groin injury.
Predicted Lineup: Leno – Castagne, Diop, Ream, Robinson – Reed, Joao Palhinha, Pereira – De Cordova-Reid, Willian, Jimenez
The struggles of Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking forwards are not coming to an end. The Blues are struggling to send the ball back of the net and if things continue the same way, the most prominent club might find themselves in the relegation zone. They also carry an average of 1.17 goals per match, which is higher than their upcoming opposition Fulham.
However, the only improvement that Chelsea has shown is with their possession. In the ongoing seasons, the Blues have kept 71.5% of possession with 17.33% shots and 5.5% shots on target. Chelsea is finding it difficult to score goals as they just have scored 5 goals this season.
Nicolas Jackson’s suspension has come out as bad news for Chelsea and in his absence, Enzo Fernandes & Raheem Sterling will play a crucial role as they have 15.4% & 11.5% shots on target this year respectively.
Both Male Gusto and Nicolas Jackson are suspended for the fixture against Fulham.
Predicted Lineup: Sanchez – Chilwell, Disasi, Silva, Colwill – Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher – Sterling, Palmer, Mudryk
Both teams have major issues this year but they both are evenly matched. Fulham and Chelsea both have struggled with their defence and have struggled to score goals.
In the last 6 meetings between the two teams, Chelsea has won 3 and there has been only one draw. However, considering their recent performance, we predict a draw between both teams.